What is interchangeable?
Raw material substitution not only describes the replacement of potentially critical and finite resources with materials whose environmental impacts and economic risks are lower, without compromising the functionality of the material to be replaced. It also describes the possible recycling of substances, which are classified as waste by their owners. These are often very simple and nearby constellations, in which the partners simply have to find each other.
Of course alternative concepts of raw material supply, availability and efficiency are becoming more and more important due to the scarcity of raw materials and the permanent, serious changes in the international commodity markets. The raw material substitution provides a means of reacting to this development. The use of replacement materials as well as an optimized return to the cycle of materials contribute to making the use of materials in the processing stages of the value chain more flexible and to protect the environment. According to calculations by the Institute of German Economy, approximately 260 million tonnes of raw materials are recycled. This are almost 20 % of all materials consumed.
Loser Chemie GmbH concentrates on an ecologically necessary and economically advantageous innovation strategy, which is geared towards efficiency, recycling and substitution. That's why we are already facing the challenge of scarcer raw materials.
An example of the direct implementation of this vision is the process of the immediate recycling of waste for the production of flocculants.
It is produced to 100% from secondary raw materials. LOSAL R is used in the paper industry, in municipal sewage treatment plants and industrial wastewater, in phosphate precipitation and in process water treatment. The advantage of this innovative product is the minimization of CO2 footprints, an environmental relief as well as an ecological and economic added value. With this invention, we were nominated for the Saxon Environmental Award in 2013.
Clever waste avoidance and waste management strategies contribute to increasing resource efficiency and reinforce the trend towards the provision of secondary raw materials.